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A curious sequence of rationals: finite or infinite?

Consider the following function repeatedly applied to a rational $r = a/b$ in lowest terms: $f(a/b) = (a b) / (a + b - 1)$. So, $f(2/3) = 6/4 = 3/2$. $f(3/2) = 6/4 = 3/2$. I am wondering if it is ...
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Sets of integers represented by degree zero rational functions

Suppose $f(x_1,x_2,\dots)=\frac{P}{Q}$, where $P,Q$ are polynomials in several variables with integer coefficients that have the same degree. Let's denote by $S(f)$ the set of integers $n$ for which ...
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Integer values of a rational function

Suppose we are given a rational function with numerator and denominator being polynomials with integer coefficients. Is there an efficient algorithm for finding all integers arguments at which the ...